Pellissippi State holds presentation and discussion on U.S. national debt

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Find out how the national debt affects us now and in the future during a presentation by economic educator Millicent Taylor. “Our Deficit, Our National Debt and the Consequences for all of Us” will be held April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Taylor, who earned her doctorate at the University of Tennessee, is currently an adjunct at Pellissippi State. She has worked as an international economist in Washington D.C. and has held faculty positions in the School of Business at Carson-Newman University and Colorado State University.

Taylor will talk about the U.S. budget and its differences from the U.S. national debt. She will also cover how the U.S. Treasury borrows money, the size of the debt and whom we owe, how the debt affects other government agencies and how a high national debt threatens our society, economy and government.

The presentation will deal with facts and commonly accepted financial and economic principles. Discussion will be limited to non-partisan topics.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865.694.6400. To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email

Pellissippi State holds Adult Learner Open House

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If you are an adult who is thinking about going to college, Pellissippi State Community College is holding an event April 21 just for you. At the college’s Adult Learner Open House, you’ll learn about Tennessee Reconnect, the last-dollar scholarship that covers tuition and fees for qualified adult students. You will also learn more about what Pellissippi State offers, including the academic programs and support services to help you get to graduation.

The open house will be held Saturday, April 21, 9 – 11:30 a.m., in the College Center in the Goins Administration Building on the Hardin Valley Campus. To register, go to or call 865.694.6400.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email

Regions Foundation gives to Pellissippi State Foundation

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Regions bank check presentation
(L-R) Aneisa Rolan, Pellissippi State Foundation; L. Anthony Wise Jr., president, Pellissippi State; Marilyn Roddy, Pellissippi State Foundation; Chris Parrott, Regions, Rob Stivers, Regions; Bryan Harper, Regions; and Kevin Crateau, Regions, gather for the check presentation from Regions Foundation.

Regions Foundation has given $15,000 to the Pellissippi State Foundation to use in support of science and math education at Pellissippi State Community College. The college is making plans to expand its facilities and offerings in these disciplines.

“Regions is committed to giving back to the communities where we operate, not only monetarily, but with our time and educational resources,” said Kevin Crateau, Regions East Tennessee marketing director. “Hardin Valley is a large growth area in this market where we want to be involved.  This is a great opportunity for us to support Pellissippi State, the surrounding Hardin Valley market and education in the East Tennessee region.”

“We are very appreciative of this gift from Regions Foundation,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State. “Our science and math students will certainly benefit from their generosity, but so will the community as our students become better prepared to enter the workforce.”

Pellissippi State hosts Board of Education candidate forum

The public is invited to attend a free forum featuring candidates to fill the 1st District seat on the Knox County Board of Education. The forum will be held March 22, 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Community Room on Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E Magnolia Ave.

Candidates Andre Canty, Dametraus Jaggers and Evetty Satterfield are scheduled to participate. Mark Mellinger, an anchor and reporter for WATE, will moderate the discussion. Audience members may ask the candidates questions, following forum rules.

The forum is sponsored by Pellissippi State, the League of Women Voters, the Alpha Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Knoxville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and the Knoxville Area Urban League Young Professionals. The event is open to the public.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at one of these events, call 865-539-7401 or email

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